F-16 down during practice for UAE airshow

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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 11:36

Heard about this on another forum. Anyone with more detail?
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 19:33

The "Khaleej Times Online" reports:

F-16 crashes, no casualties
(Wam), 9 January 2006, ABU DHABI - An official source from the UAE Armed Forces Headquarters has said that an F-16 Falcon Block 60 fighter plane of the UAE Air Force crashed on Monday morning. There were no casualties.
The pilot landed safely after ejecting from the crashing plane.
The source said the relevant authority has quickly opened up investigations to determine the cause of the accident.


http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArti ... heuae&col=

Check "Yahoo" news for the next couple of days and you will get probably more news reports. :wink:
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 19:56

What a waste of a whole buncha millions o dollars. They just got their blk 60s, it sucks one already managed to end up destroyed!

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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 20:48

They've only had their in-country jets for a year or so. It's to be expected. I'm sure the same "What a waste" thing was said about the early USAF A/B accidents that gave the Viper the dubious nickname "Lawn Dart", but over time the bugs were worked out. Personally? I'll wait for the details to emerge (if the UAE is forthcoming enough) to see if the ejection was warranted.
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 21:25

It was RE-27 and a LM test pilot was flying it, airshow practice flight.
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 21:29

Oooops!

Do you get a bonus as an L/M test pilot for something like that? "Well, sorry 'bout that fellas, hehe, guess you guys will have to buy another one".

In all seriousness, dang I'm glad he's OK. Vipers are cheap compared to the drivers, and the UAE ain't hurtin' for cash.
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 21:44

What I heard this afternoon from a Block 60 Program guy is he may have done the same thing as the T-bird at Mt. Home, he apparently bailed after impact, is in the hospital but NOT with life threatening injuries, I haven't seen an official LM press release yet, so please take it for what it is.
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 21:45

Thanks for the additional info guys. I used it to update the article on http://www.f-16.net/news_article1587.html
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Unread post09 Jan 2006, 23:14

TenguNoHi wrote:What a waste of a whole buncha millions o dollars. They just got their blk 60s, it sucks one already managed to end up destroyed!


Yeah. We said the same thing about the F-22 that crashed about a year ago.
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Unread post10 Jan 2006, 03:39

Yeah. We said the same thing about the F-22 that crashed about a year ago.

It's hardly the same thing swanee, nothing personal dude.
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Unread post10 Jan 2006, 05:08

Happy_Gilmore wrote:
Yeah. We said the same thing about the F-22 that crashed about a year ago.

It's hardly the same thing swanee, nothing personal dude.


Not saying the situation is similar. All I am saying is that we said the same thing. New expensive jet parked in the dirt. I wouldn't want to be the guy who did that.


Here's a related question: What kind of warranty does LM give a buyer when they take delivery of an F-16?
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Unread post10 Jan 2006, 07:30

Latest news from the "Khaleej Times Online" via "Yahoo" (just 2 hours ago):

F16 crashes in capital; no casualties

By a staff reporter, 10 January 2006

ABU DHABI — Military authorities have started an investigation into the crash of an F16 Falcon block 60 fighter plane which was reported officially by the UAE Armed Forces Headquarters yesterday.

There were no casualties in the incident. This variant of the Lockheed Martin built F16 is regarded as one of the world’s most versatile multi-role fighter aircraft and has been hailed as a significant addition to the UAE Air Force capability. Official sources declined to release details on how the crash occurred, but said an investigation was under way "to determine the cause of the accident." The source said the crash occurred yesterday morning. An official statement carried by Emirates News Agency (Wam) said "the pilot landed safely after ejecting from the crashing plane."

Attempts by your favourite No. 1 newspaper Khaleej Times to get more details on the crash from the UAE Armed Forces Headquarters last night were not successful. An aircraft purchase, originally announced in 1998 for the ‘Block 60’ F16 fighter, came to fruition in May last year with delivery of the first batch of aircraft.

The contract for 80 aircraft is understood to be worth $6.4 billion and it saw the fighter delivered with some of the most modern equipment and systems available, including new cockpit displays, advanced mission computer and internal sensor suite. With many advanced features, the fighter has the flexibility to be deployed in a range of roles. The F16 was selected by the UAE in May 1998 after an intensive evaluation process. According to Lockheed Martin, the F-16 is the world's most successful and sought-after fighter. The UAE was the 21st country to order the F-16.

The F16 will be the ‘Superstar’ of the Aerobatics Show 2006, to be hosted by Al Ain city during the Eid Al Adha holidays, according to Staff Maj-Gen Pilot Khalid Abdullah Al Buainain, Commander of Air Force and Air Defence. He recently unveiled that the UAE’s air force and air defence would have strong presence at the show. The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the first of the US Air Force multi-role fighter aircraft, is regarded as the world’s most prolific fighter with more than 2,000 in service with the USAF and 2,000 operational with 23 other countries.

Source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArti ... heuae&col=
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Unread post10 Jan 2006, 10:54

No casualties..????
I believe the pilot is in ICU with broken leg(s) and back injuries.
The aircraft got airborne, pulled straight up into a loop, rolled on the downside and failed to pull out at the bottom, pancaking about 500m west of the runway.
One report stated that the pilot ejected at or just before impact but chute did not deploy fully.
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Unread post10 Jan 2006, 21:45

Latest news from the "Middle East Newsline":

UAE loses first F-16 fighter

=The United Arab Emirates has lost its first F-16 multi-role fighter.

On Monday, a UAE Air Force F-16E/F Block 60 aircraft crashed during a routine training flight in the emirate of Al Ain. The aircraft was part of a group of F-16s meant to be flown at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, scheduled to begin on Jan. 11.

Officials said the F-16 was flown by a UAE pilot and crashed into a sand dune near Al Ain International Airport. They said the pilot survived the crash.

"The pilot landed safely after ejecting from the crashing plane," the official UAE news agency Wam said.

Source: http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2006/ ... _11_3.html
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Unread post11 Jan 2006, 00:01

Anonnemouse wrote:The aircraft got airborne, pulled straight up into a loop, rolled on the downside and failed to pull out at the bottom, pancaking about 500m west of the runway.


Sounds like a Cuban 8 or maybe a Split S?
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